29 June 2017

A Great Idea If You Are Not Quite Ready to Give Up Meat!

Turns out I may or may not be a Reducetarian!

I came upon this word quite recently in The Guardian; it is the name fairly recently given to people who reduce the amount of meat they eat in the interests of their health and also that of our wonderful planet. Did you guess?

I think this is a great idea … not extreme, something that can be achieved over time and good for everyone (except those in the meat industry, I suppose!) and, as meat is one of our pricier foods, it even saves money!

“Treat meat as a flavouring or special occasion food.”
Michael Pollan ~ Food Rules, an Eater’s Manual
I agree with him!

For myself (as opposed to when working as a chef or when cooking for my real man) I have never thought that meat or fish must be the central ingredient of a meal but rather as something that that may, or may not, be in a dish. This being the case, whilst I do eat meat and fish, many of my meals contain only a little or are completely vegetarian.

I even wrote a post some time agoHow to Eat Less Meat – and Enjoy It! suggesting ways to incorporate a little meat into a variety of meals.

According to the Reducetarin Movement they are …


“composed of individuals who are committed to eating less meat - red meat, poultry, and seafood - as well as less dairy and fewer eggs, regardless of the degree or motivation. This concept is appealing because not everyone is willing to follow an "all-or-nothing" diet.” 

Be a Reducetarian
Read more and join the Reducetarians here.

One thing occurs to me, however …

One cannot be a Reducetarian for ever!


Surely you can only keep reducing your meat and animal product intake for a limited time; eventually you will have to stop as there is nothing else to give up in that department!  One will, of course, then become a vegetarian or even a vegan.  

This is why I am not sure of my status reducetarian-wise; I am not reducing my intake of fish and animals, I did that years ago! I am eating a small amount, as I have for most of my life and with which I am happy.  

Is there a special name for people who, like me, just eat a little meat?  I wondered about “omnivore” but as I can’t abide bananas that’s not quite right either.  I know – flexitarian, that feels about right. What do you think?

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2 comments:

Sue said...

Well to a vegan if you eat any animal products you are an omni, but I think the best description for most eaters that are reducing their meat intake is flexitarian, because as you say one day you will have reduced to nothing. We should all just do our own thing, causing the least possible harm and enjoy our food.

Whether you eat meat or animal products is, in my opinion, down to your conscience and any food intolerances.

Suzy Bowler said...

I agree! I think I will be a flexitarian then!